Opera Vivente shows growth


music review

March 12, 2007|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,sun music critic

Claudio Monteverdi wrote that "the modern composer builds his music on the basis of truth," a sentiment still valid 400 years after he expressed it. Never mind that his operas, which are among the first extant masterpieces in the genre, deal with myth or ancient history. Monteverdi, and his Venetian audience, could recognize the relevance - and the truth - in the oldest of tales, the most remote of events.

A case in point is one of Monteverdi's finest works, The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria), which has received an imaginative production by Opera Vivente, performed in a mostly natural-sounding English translation.

"The Return of Ulysses" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. $25-$45. 410-547-7997, operavivente.org.

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